About Us

Tzoonie is Unique

Because we are truly a wilderness resort with no road access or neighbours of the human variety. Most marine parks and remote lodges cannot actually access the wilderness that surrounds them.  Our site does! Explore many miles of abandoned logging trails overlooking ocean inlets from high in the mountains.

Our Story


Aleta and Art were born, raised and schooled in Northern Alberta. We worked and raised a family in Alberta and NWT. Eventually we formed a consulting company offering socio-economic services to some major oil companies in Calgary. One day in early spring (35 yrs ago) we decided to polish up our golf clubs and spend a few days in Victoria BC. Weather timing was not good, nor were the golf swings so we decided to move on. Aleta had a brother, Fraser, now a business partner in Tzoonie, who managed a camera store in Vancouver. He suggested we visit Sunshine Coast, wherever that was. Next day we rented a car and made our way to paradise. The following day we owned a waterfront cottage in Sechelt. Three years later we relocated to B.C.

Much of the former life was spent on the various northern rivers, i.e. Slave, Peace and Mackenzie. All fresh water minus tides. We knew very little about saltwater, tides, marine life, etc so we purchased a commercial fishing vessel and fished for five years looking for a site to establish a tourism operation to enable us to introduce friends and visitors to these wonders. We were so fortunate to find our present location which we subsequently developed to become Tzoonie Wilderness Resort.

Over the years on the Coast we operated an oyster farm, smoked salmon commercially, operated water taxis and crew boats along with boat cruises to Skookumchuck and Princess Louisa Inlet complete with salmon BBQs. We eventually discontinued most activities and put all our energy into developing the resort. It has become a “labour of love” which includes the environment and all our four-legged and winged neighbours.

Over the past thirty years many guests have become friends. We look forward to making new ones.

Green Leaders

Trip Advisor

Aboriginal Tourism

Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC

We are members of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC. Find us there: aboriginalbc.com